Twilight Zone

did you ever see the episode
of Twilight Zone
with an old man
and his hound dog Rip?

hyder and
rip die
in the water
after hunting
a raccoon

and wake up
by the pond
together

following a fence
to gates
that lead
into the afterlife

but dogs are
not allowed
so he keeps
walking

and even though
it was a trick
and men will walk right
into hell with both eyes open

i think of hyder
prepared
to sacrifice
his heaven
for a friend

because
what joy
is there in paradise

what happiness
exists

without the ones
we love?

© Ben Ditmars 2022

#poetry inspired by a prompt by @karigunterseymour#ohiopoetlaureate#npm

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